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    Hard drive sometimes spins away for a long time. It's NOT Norton Internet Security doing a scan in the background.

    What's the best place to look to find out what the heck is running?

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    "Process Explorer" from sysinternals or plain old "task Manager" is a good place to start.
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    Are you running Windows 7 or Windows Vista? If so, do you see the hard drive behavior during periods you are not actively using the computer? If that is the case it would probably be the search indexing running. It normally kicks in when you are idling.

    The Disk Defragmenter is set to automatically run every Wednesday at 1:00 PM. If it misses its scheduled run, it will crank up when you boot the computer and grind away every moment your computer is idle until it finishes. It can take a long time to finish depending on the fragmented state of the drive and how often you are doing chores on your system.
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    Running XP. Spinning is after initial startup (to be expected); then calm; then spinning again.

    Don't think it's Disk Defrag (doesn't spin "forever"); but to check, how can I see when (if at all) Disk Defrag is automatically scheduled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefnl View Post
    Running XP. Spinning is after initial startup (to be expected); then calm; then spinning again.

    Don't think it's Disk Defrag (doesn't spin "forever"); but to check, how can I see when (if at all) Disk Defrag is automatically scheduled?

    Joel
    XP differs from Windows 7 in that Disk Defragmenter is not set on a schedule in XP by default. You can check Scheduled Tasks to see if it has been set up to run automatically on a schedule. You can find it by clicking Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Scheduled Tasks, or you can go to Control Panel and double click the Scheduled Tasks folder.

    Ciint's suggestions about Process Manager and Task Manager should help you find the reason for excessive disk activity. Check them when the disk is quiet and also when it is churning away to see which processes are hogging the disk.
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